Body parts belonging to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been found, according to two Sky sources.
The sources have told Sky News the Saudi dissident had been “cut up” and his face “disfigured”.
One source also suggested the writer’s remains were discovered in the garden of the Saudi consul general’s Istanbul home – located around 500 meters away from the consulate.
It contradicts the explanation being made by Saudi officials that the body was rolled up in a carpet and handed to a local collaborator who was tasked with disposing of the evidence.
Theresa May’s spokesman said reports of Mr. Khashoggi’s body parts being found were “deeply disturbing”.
“The location of Mr. Khashoggi’s body is just one of the questions we need answers to and as such we await the full results of the Turkish investigation,” he said.
In a day of fast-moving developments in the case:
:: Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Mr. Khashoggi’s killing a premeditated “murder”
:: Mr. Erdogan demanded Saudi officials reveal the whereabouts of Mr. Khashoggi’s body
:: The dissident’s son met Saudi ruler, King Salman and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh
:: Turkish media said Mr. Khashoggi’s belongings were found in suitcases in a Saudi consulate car
:: Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was “deeply concerned” to hear Mr. Erdogan call it a premeditated murder.
In a speech to the country’s parliament, Turkey’s president Erdogan demanded Saudi Arabia hold those responsible to account and asked: “Why has the body of someone who was officially said to be killed not been found yet?”
He did not mention an alleged audio recording that Turkish authorities claim to have of Mr. Khashoggi’s death that supposedly confirms he was tortured, killed, had his fingers cut off and was dismembered.
The apparent discovery of Mr. Khashoggi’s body parts – and Mr. Erdogan’s version of events based on what he described as “new evidence and information” – both contradict Saudi Arabia’s explanation for his death.
It has said Mr. Khashoggi died in a “fist fight” at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.
Mr. Khashoggi was a known critic of the Saudi government and crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Turkish president, who had promised the “naked truth” about the killing, did not mention the crown prince in his speech, though officials linked to the royal have been implicated in it.
Saudi Arabia has said the heir-apparent of the world’s top oil exporter was not involved, but any major decision must be signed off by the highest powers within its ruling Al Saud family.
It came as the video was released showing a meeting between the journalist’s son, Salah Khashoggi, the Gulf kingdom’s ruler, King Salman, and crown prince Mohamed bin Salman, at the Yamama Palace in Riyadh.
Mr. Khashoggi’s brother, Sahel, was also at the meeting at which the king and crown prince expressed their condolences over the Washington Post columnist’s death.
A family friend told the AP news agency that Salah Khashoggi had been under a travel ban and barred from leaving the kingdom since last year as a result of his father’s criticism of the regime.
Saudi authorities have not confirmed the restrictions.
In Turkey media reports that could not be verified said investigators had found Mr. Khashoggi’s belongings in a number of suitcases found in a Saudi consulate vehicle in a car park in Istanbul.
Local broadcaster Ahaber aired a video showing crime scene investigators searching what appeared to be the contents of cases.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt tweeted he was “deeply concerned” to hear Mr. Erdogan describe the Saudi dissident’s murder as premeditated.
“The world is still waiting for answers,” he wrote. Shortly after Mr. Erdogan’s address, King Salman of Saudi Arabia issued a statement pledging to hold Mr. Khashoggi’s killers to account “no matter who they may be”.